in Shelby County

Ever felt the need to dive into a place brimming with energy, history, and that unique Southern hospitality? Well, grab your maps, because it’s time to spotlight Pelham, Alabama! Trust me, this isn’t just another stop—Pelham’s a full-blown, heart-pumping adventure in Shelby County.


Pelham, Alabama is believed to be the original site for Shelbyville, named after Revolutionary War hero Isaac Shelby. In 1820, Shelbyville was chosen as the county seat and featured the county’s first courthouse. Although Shelbyville no longer exists, the community and history are alive and well where it used to be.

Present-day Pelham offers a diverse mix of recreational and entertainment opportunities. There is a population of 24,000 that calls the scenic retreat of Pelham home. Visitors to this historic city can enjoy fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, wildlife attractions, shopping, various sports, and more!

There are more than 5,500 businesses in Pelham, with 1,700 being small or mid-sized. You can visit this city and shop in good consciousness knowing that you are supporting small and local businesses.

Recreation And Entertainment

Let’s kick things off with Alabama’s largest state park, Oak Mountain! In December 2021, it gained 1,644 acres which brings its total to 11,584 acres. Whether you’re hiking, bird-watching, or mountain biking, this park is a natural haven that’ll leave you breathless (literally and figuratively). 

The Oak Mountain Amphitheater has hosted Grammy-award-winning bands and musicians from all over the country, so try and plan your visit around one of your favorite band’s shows! Home to dazzling performances and electric concerts, this venue promises nights where you’ll dance your shoes off. From country to rock, there’s a beat for every soul.

If you like hockey, then you’re in luck! The Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena is the home of The Birmingham Bulls, a Southern Professional Hockey League. Their games have excitement for everyone. Whether you’re a solo traveler or bringing your family along, the Bulls will be a great source of entertainment.

There are a lot of clubs in Pelham that host tournaments.  The Pelham Racquet Club hosts the annual United States Association Pro Circuit women’s tournament. Top players come from around the world to play in this tournament. Catch one of these amazing players in a game during your time here.

If you’re looking for a sporty time on your stay, Pelham is the place to be. Got a love for greens and golf? Ballantrae’s rolling landscapes and challenging courses beckon. Whether a pro or just for fun, this place is a hole-in-one! The Pelham City Park complex also has a tennis center, a recreation center, outdoor basketball, sand volleyball, and a dog park, as well as baseball, softball, and football fields.

Palooza In The Park

One of the best ways to experience the great city of Pelham is through Pelham’s Palooza in the Park. This annual event is open to all ages. You can expect a great deal of fun at this event! Complete with vendors, food trucks, live music, walking trails, and a dog park, you definitely want to plan your visit during Palooza in the Park! You’ll get to see a great selection of all that Pelham has to offer. Leave room in your itinerary for the rest of your trip to visit the boutiques, restaurants, and bakeries that show off their offerings during Palooza in the Park.

For the little ones, Palooza in the Park’s Kidzapalooza is an interactive day of crafts, hula hooping, a rock wall, and bounce houses! If you have kids with you, they’ll love exercising their creativity too.


Pelham plates up some of Alabama’s finest. From Southern BBQ joints to contemporary cafes, your culinary journey here is set to be legendary! For all the foodies out there, don’t skip on a visit to Pelham! Here are some top selections to get you started:

  • Bevelle’s Café – a meat and three café that features southern classics like meatloaf, mac and cheese, and black-eyed peas.
  • Oak Mountain Creekside BBQ – always a classic, this BBQ restaurant has all the fixings for barbecue lovers.
  • The Beer Hog – If you love a craft beer with pretzels and cheese, then this is the hangout spot for you.
  • Half Shell Oyster House – one of the best restaurants in Pelham, you can get po’boys, oysters, and so much more.

You definitely won’t go hungry in this town.

Discover Pelham

Pelham isn’t just a town—it’s an experience, a vibe, an emotion. With its perfect blend of nature, culture, and that undeniable Alabama warmth, it’s a must-visit for anyone and everyone. So, got those adventure boots ready? Pelham’s whispering your name, and it’s time to answer the call. Get ready to be charmed, thrilled, and utterly enchanted! Here’s to new adventures and making memories in the heart of Alabama! Discover more areas to explore with Discover Shelby!